As a UArts Photography student, you can study photography in as many different ways as you want: fine art, editorial, fashion, commercial, documentary, studio practice and more.

Our unique visiting artist and speaker series bring top photographers, curators, photo editors, industry vendors and gallery directors to the University, where you can meet them one-on-one. You'll take regular trips to NYC for gallery visits and major industry expos. And you'll also have the chance to showcase your work in our own galleries.

Through our internship program, students apply their knowledge in various studios, galleries and production houses in the city and beyond. And you'll work on real-world projects for outside companies and institutions — in one project, students shot all of the photographs for the annual report of one of Philadelphia’s major museums, the Academy of Natural Sciences.

University of the Arts Photography students work in both digital and traditional formats, with access to the program's full range of techniques, facilities and media tools — the same top-of-the-line gear the professionals use. You can create your own artistic vision while developing solid technical skills.

Ruben Chamorro '15
Ruben Chamorro '15
AJ Adriance '10
Clarissa Caponera '15


AnaMaria Garcia '18
Marcus KeglerBranch '14
Hannah Bailey '18


Elissa Anderson '17
Mager Kelly '17
Chloe Hollingsworth '18


Austin Groeneveld '19
Molly Smith '15
Molly Smith '15


Perry Melat '17
Sara Six '17


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James Izlar

BFA '21

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Georgia Wescott

BFA '21

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German Ayala Vazquez

BFA '20


In the Photography major, you'll study with top professionals with extensive experience in a wide range of concentrations, including fine art, editorial, fashion, commercial, documentary and studio practice. 

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    Barbara Proud
    Barbara Proud

    'First Comes Love' project spotlights stories of longtime LGBTQ couples
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    David Graham

    Internationally recognized photographer of 'everyday America'

    Sample Courses in the Photography Major

    First Year
    Drawing: Objects & Space
    Drawing: Ideation
    Found & Fabricated

    Second Year
    Introduction to Black and White Photo
    Interm Black and White Photo
    Digital Photography Workshop
    Sophomore Projects 

    Third Year
    Studio Photo
    Advanced Studio Photo
    Critical Issues in Photo
    Junior Projects/Discourse
    Color Concepts

    Fourth Year
    Senior Photography Thesis
    Contemporary Issues in Photo
    Selected Topics in Photo


    About the Curriculum

    The Photography program is designed to provide practical professional training balanced with a fine-art aesthetic. Through our choice of visiting lecturers, gallery exhibitions, visiting artists, internships, diversity of faculty, and significant engagement and outreach with the professional, fine art, and photo education community, we offer a rich and diversified educational experience.

    Student who complete the Photography program:

    • Demonstrate independent, creative problem solving and original thinking. They exhibit a distinct and personal approach to art making.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues and historical precedents. They have an appreciation for experimentation/innovation as well as for the traditions of making as applied to contemporary photographic practices.
    • Acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as practicing artists, entrepreneurs, and productive citizens, including further study at the graduate level.
    • Are able to talk and write about art (including their own work) critically, intelligently, and with considerable insight.
    • Acquire the level of technical skill required for them to reach their career goals in an ever-evolving medium. They establish a studio practice appropriate to their ideas and demonstrate a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

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    Erin Kirk

    BFA '06

    Marine Corps combat photographer, published in Time Magazine, The New York Times
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    Marcus Branch

    BFA '14

    Published in Paper magazine, Interview magazine, W magazine, i-D magazine,
    Molly Smith
    Molly Smith

    BFA '15

    Assistant to renowned photographer Sally Mann
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    Jessica Lim

    BFA '16

    Works for prominent Los Angeles editorial/advertising photographer

    Exhibits & Visiting Artists

    Each year, the Photography program at UArts illuminates and inspires its students and the public through the work of exhibiting and visiting artists. 

    Fall 2019
    Shawn Theodore (Exhibition & Lecture)
    John Carlano (Exhibition & Lecture)
    Amy Giese (Lecture)
    Amit Elkayam (Lecture)

    Spring 2020
    Mary Magseman & Stephan Hillerbrand (Exhibition)
    Nelson Morales (Exhibition & Lecture)
    Archive 192 (Exhibition & Lecture)
    Stephen Foster (Lecture)

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    Spring 2019
    Kris Sanford (Exhibition)
    Patrick Nagatani (Screening with Lynn Estomin)
    Stacey Tyrell (Exhibition & Lecture)
    Zora Murff (Exhibition)

    Fall 2018
    Henry Hornstein (Lecture)
    Matt Eich (Lecture)
    Daniella Zalcman (Lecture)
    Hồng-Ân Trương (Lecture)

    Spring 2018
    Janet Delaney (Exhibition)
    Jill Freedman (Exhibition)
    George Krause ’58 (Exhibition)
    James Singewald (Exhibition)
    Kurt Tong (Exhibition)

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